Please join us on 27 August for public programme at Oliver Ressler’s solo-exhibition ”Barricading the Ice Sheets”!
From 2PM – exhibition tour with artist Oliver Ressler and curator Corina L. Apostol.
From 3PM – a panel discussion with artist Oliver Ressler, who will be joined in conversation by artist and environmental activist Laura Kuusk, chairman of Green Tiger Council and specialist in energetics Andres Veske and Head of Climate at the Ministry of Environment – Kädi Ristkok. The discussion is moderated by the curator of the exhibition Corina L. Apostol.
For the first time in Estonia, the exhibition explores global warming and the climate justice movement and its relationship with art. The title of the exhibition refers to the true state of emergency faced by climate justice and the scope of the planned activity. Artist Oliver Ressler will introduce his long-term artistic project in relation to the major issues raised by the exhibition, namely what is the role of art in untangling the connections between the environment and, politics, economics, and the potential for meaningful social change, and how have activists and artists organised and acted in the struggle against climate breakdown of global proportions which will affect all of us.
We invite you to join in the discussion with Laura Kuusk, Andres Veske and Ivo Krustok to debate what Ressler’s body of work brings to local and regional challenges in the Baltics, especially regarding the collective engagement of artists, art workers and concerned citizens in the climate justice movement. What does it tell us about the changing nature of activism which in the face of enormous stakes for our planet can seem all but powerless?
Oliver Ressler produces installations, projects in public space, and films on economics, democracy, racism, climate breakdown, forms of resistance and social alternatives. He has completed 39 films that have been screened in thousands of events of social movements, art institutions and film festivals. Since 2019 Ressler directs Barricading the Ice Sheets, a research project on the climate justice movement, funded by the Austrian Science Fund.
Dr. Corina L. Apostol is a curator at the Tallinn Art Hall, curator and member of the steering committee of the international practice-based research project “Beyond Matter” (2019–2023), and the curator of the Estonian Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022). Corina is also a guest lecturer at MA POST, Art Academy of Latvia. She is the co-founder of ArtLeaks, and editor-in-chief of the ArtLeaks Gazette. She is the winner of the apexart 2022–23 exhibition proposals competition in New York.
Laura Kuusk is an artist, climate activist and water technologist. She has initiated the petition against erecting the shale oil plant in Estonia and participates actively in the work of local renewable energy collective. She has worked in the photography department at the Estonian Academy of Art, during which she hosted an art and climate awareness workshop at the Abisko Scientific Research Station. The main focus of her art is on the intertwining of technology and the biological body. Her studio is currently in a compost container.
Andres Veske is chairman of Green Tiger Council and a long-time specialist in energetics. As a chairman of the Green Tiger he believes in the sustainable future and contributes in the environmental awareness of the society and impoving the principles of a balanced economy.
Kädi Ristkok has worked on climate change mitigation, adaptation and just transition topics from different angles. At the moment, she is in charge of Estonian climate policy at the Ministry of Environment. Earlier, she has participated in the creation of a French green labour union federation with the aim of empowering workers’ voice in the design of a just green transition.
The tour and panel will be held in English. Duration of the panel 1,5h. Entry with valid exhibition ticket.
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